Title page for ETD etd-033199-132625

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Boorse, Mark Richard
URN etd-033199-132625
Title Evaluation of the Inelastic Rotation Capability of Flush End-Plate Moment Connections
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Murray, Thomas M. Committee Chair
Cousins, Thomas E. Committee Member
Easterling, William Samuel Committee Member
  • moment connections
  • end-plate
  • inelastic rotation
Date of Defense 1999-03-16
Availability unrestricted
An experimental investigation was conducted to study the inelastic rotation capability of flush end-plate moment connections. Seven specimens representing two-bolt and four-bolt flush end-plate configurations were tested under cyclic loading. "Quasi-static" or "slow-cyclic" loading histories suggested by SAC and the Applied Technology Council were used to load the specimens. Experimental results for maximum moment resisted by the connections were compared with analytical predictions. Moment strengths of the connections were calculated using yield-line theory to predict end-plate yielding and maximum bolt force calculations including prying action. Experimental results were also compared to previous research with regards to strength and stiffness. The inelastic rotation of connections was calculated and conclusions were drawn on the compliance of these connections with current AISC specifications.

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